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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: Circa 1969
    Reference No: 165.024
    Movement No: 28’251’744
    Case No: 165.024
    Model Name: Seamaster 300
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 550, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: NATO
    Dimensions: 41mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Delivered with an Omega Extract from the Archives confirming its date of production for the present timepiece on 26th June 1969 and its subsequent delivery to the United States of America.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Purpose built and practical since 1964, the reference 165.024 Seamaster 300 is not only in popular demand by sports divers, but proudly served as combat diver’s watch for the British Royal Navy. With a perfectly proportioned 41mm diameter steel case with twisted lugs, large luminous plots and a luminescence insert on the bi-directional rotating bezel, the reference 165.024 is extremely well built and legible underwater and in the dark.

    Equipped with either sword hands often seen on military watches or baton hands, the reference has many iterations during its production. The present example bears the production year of 1969, characterised by its typographic features on the bezel, sans serif font with flat top numerals on 3 and 5, as well as 5 minute interval tritium markers.

    Collectors with a keen eye will notice a hidden aspect about the present example, that is the CB hallmark that sits on the inside case back. “Le Centrale Boites”(CB) and Huguenin Frères (HF) were case makers used by Omega for Speedmasters 105.012, with a much smaller production run manufactured by CB, this vintage specimen is certainly rare.

    The present example is preserved with its historic fabrics and incredible vintage charm and the bezel has developed an attractive deep blue hue, adding uniqueness to this respected piece.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1848

    Omega's rich history begins with its founder, Louis Brandt, who established the firm in 1848 in La Chaux de Fonds. In 1903, the company changed its name to Omega, becoming the only watch brand in history to have been named after one its own movements. A full-fledged manufacturer of highly accurate, affordable and reliable watches, its sterling reputation enabled them to be chosen as the first watch company to time the Olympic Games beginning in 1932. Its continued focus on precision and reliability ultimately led their Speedmaster chronograph wristwatch to be chosen by NASA in 1965 — the first watch worn on the moon.

    Key models sought-after by collectors include their first, oversized water-resistant chronograph — the reference 2077, early Speedmaster models such as the CK 2915 and 2998, military-issued versions of the Seamaster and oversized chronometer models such as those fitted with their prestigious caliber 30T2Rg.

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Ref. 165.024
A fine and attractive stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds

Circa 1969
41mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$38,000 - 78,000 

Sold for HK$81,900

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Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

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